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Mental Illness Awareness Campaigns Happening Across Ohio

Posted October 03, 2016

This Fall, NAMI Ohio affiliates are holding events that will inspire, entertain, and, most importantly, raise awareness about the need to invest in mental health in Ohio and nationally.

The mission of these events is to Bring Mental Illness out of the Shadows. The current state of our nation’s mental health system leaves many adults and children without proper mental health care. The consequences of this lack of care are apparent. The suicide rate is the highest it has been in 30 years. In the United States, someone dies by suicide every 12 minutes. Individuals living with mental illness are increasingly housed in jails and prisons rather than receiving proper care in hospitals or in the community.

To bring attention to this serious issue, NAMI Ohio has launched an awareness campaign that includes 18 events across 28 counties with the final event happening in March 2017.

The following communities will be holding events in October:

Light Up the Night
Thursday, October 6th, 2016
6:30 to 8:00 pm
at the gazebo on Medina Square

This event will feature dynamic speakers and music to bring home the idea that no one should be ashamed of mental illness and promote recovery. Participants will use flashlights to “Light up the Night” in recognition of mental illness.

The Elephant in the Room
Friday, October 7th, 2016
6:00 to 9:00 pm
First Fridays at Main Street Delaware

This event will use an elephant mascot costume to bring awareness to the need to talk about the “Elephant in the Room.” Participants will receive information on the mental health crisis and how to get involved with their local NAMI affiliate while taking home a treat.

Mental Illness Awareness Rally
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
12:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Rose City Tattoo
1145 N Bechtle Ave, Springfield, OH

Participants can receive free mental health awareness tattoos to raise awareness for recovery. A photobooth will be on site for participants to document their experience.

Friday Night Lights
Saturday, October 29th, 2016
6:00 pm- 9:00 pm
FirstEnergy Stadium
100 Alfred Lerner Way
Cleveland, OH

This mental health awareness event will take place at the St. Edward versus St. Ignatius football game.
Players will wear green football shoes during these much-celebrated games to raise awareness about mental illness.